Writing in Public: Day 3, Month 6

Well, September is here and with it more chances to get a lot written. I have a few goals for this month, not the least of which is a novelette for the Writers of the Future competition. It will basically be a hidden excerpt from the first Wendigo Universe novel I am currently rewriting.

And by “hidden” excerpt I mean it is a set of scenes not included in the novel, but rather alluded to. There is a part in the story where the main cast comes across a literal fork in the road and the group splits, a few heading off in one direction while the bulk of them continue on. The branching roads then intersect once again at a town further on, and that is where the rejoin one another.

The group’s overall purpose is to investigate strange happenings in the Tundra Wastes, so for realism’s sake it makes sense for both roads to be traveled on. There will not be room in the book to follow both sets of characters, so the small group will be followed in this novelette. The working title is “Still Water” for the moment, and it follows a priest, a young nobleman, and an even younger quartermaster.

Now, as for today’s work the main focus was on getting a new flash fiction piece written. It is titled “Barrels and Flasks” and is set in a region of the Soulweaver Universe known as the Bickering Sea. I had hoped to finish with it and then move on to the rough draft of “Fire with Fire,” but flash fiction pieces are always a challenge. Telling a full story in 1,000 words or less is tough, but also fun. I am midway through the revisions of it, and hope to finish with that tomorrow before moving on to “Fire with Fire.”

Here are the numbers for today:

  • Blog Posts: 534
  • Planning and outlining: 000
  • Short Fiction: 2,885 (And all on a flash fiction piece, too! That’s rewriting for you.)
  • Novel Fiction: 000
  • Salable words: 000

Total Fiction for Month: 2,885

Total Salable for Month: 000

Total Fiction for Challenge Year: 204,512

Total Salable for Challenge Year: 44,394

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